The International Cricket Council (ICC) has stated that the T20 World Cup is still on course to be held in India later this year despite the sudden spike in the COVID-19 cases. The marquee event was originally scheduled to take place last year in Australia but had to be postponed due to the pandemic. Later, India got the hosting rights for the competition.
The seventh edition of the competition is scheduled to be held in October-November in India. But there are question marks now over the competition in the wake of the recent surge in COVID-19 cases in India. On Thursday, India recorded 1,26,789 fresh COVID-19 cases, taking the total tally to 1,29,28,574, according to the Health Ministry.
India remains the third-most affected nation globally, behind the United States and Brazil. The active cases stand at above nine lakh, which is 7.04 percent of the total infections, while the country’s recovery rate has dropped to 91.67 percent. But despite the alarming situation, the ICC is still not ready to consider a shift in venue.
Geoff Allardice, acting chief executive of the ICC, has said that there is not yet serious concern that the event may need to be postponed or relocated. He stated that the governing body of the game is well aware of what’s going around the world. He also insisted that the ICC should have a backup plan that can be activated when the time is right.
Meanwhile, BCCI is currently all set to host the IPL. The fourteenth edition of the competition is set to start on Friday (April 9). The home and away format is not in place this year. Only six venues will host the entire competition.